An overheating car can become a daunting experience, and when a vehicle overheats and the engine runs too hot, it can potentially damage your car and cause irreparable damage to your engine. Cars overheat most often in hot weather. Although it can be rare with modern cars like Chrysler’s new 300c or the new Chrysler Crossfire, taking the following steps can prevent any further damage to your vehicle.
Switch off the engine
If you happen to be in traffic, the first thing you need to do is switch off the engine, open the bonnet and let it cool down, as you will be unable to address any problem if the engine is hot.
Switch off the air conditioner and roll down the windows
Because the air conditioner puts a lot of strain on an engine, turning off the AC will decrease the load on the engine.
Turning on the heater will diffuse the heat away from the engine, so put it on full blast!
Check for leaks, blockages or bursts
One of the most common reasons for overheating is an issue directly linked to the radiator, so make sure to inspect the car for any leaks or bursts.
Once the engine has cooled down to optimum temperature, refill with new antifreeze.
Carefully monitor the temperature gauge. If the needle is in the red line, be patient and wait for the engine to cool – it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Once the engine is cool, you can safely get into your car and drive, but make sure to monitor the gauge for the first few kilometres.
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